Wednesday, August 28 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Among the far reaching impact of this event was helping to pave the way for two significant legal changes: ratification of the Twenty Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (passed by Congress August 27, 1962, ratified January 23, 1964) which outlawed the poll tax, and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, desegregating public institutions and prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion.
In addition to the information about this anniversary that will be available from traditional news sources, here are few other resources that may be of interest:
- 50th Anniversary March on Washington (The Center For the Study of Civil and Human Rights Laws): news, events, and audio history
- Library of Congress Prints & Photos: Digitized photos of March
- Pew Research: Report “50 Years After the March on Washington, Many Racial Divides Remain”